MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Thomas and National University have created a winner-all-all championship match after eliminating their respective enemies in the final four of the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Beach Volleyball Tournament at Sands by the Bay on Saturday.
UST’s Ransel Varg and Jarron Requinton, Noel Campton of La Salle and Vince Maglina also dominated 21-9, 21-10, one inch closer to winning a third and seventh overall beach volleyball title.
Requinton, a two-time Southeast Asian Games medalist who became active less than 24 hours ago, has joined hands with the ruling MVP Verger to showcase his skills in the team that lost on Friday in La Salle.
NU, meanwhile, is back in the men’s beach volleyball final after five years as James Buitrago and Paul Salvador have done short work at the University of the Philippines, Louis Gamban and Dan Nicholas, 21-12, 21-15.
Buytrago, a former national beach volleyball player at the 2019 SEA Games, looks forward to facing his former teammate Requinton for the UAAP crown.
“We’ll play all out tomorrow,” Buytrago said. “Both teams had a high level of preparation and Zaron and I both played for the national team. It all boils down to being bolder and more dedicated tomorrow. “
NU defeated UST by three sets in the opener on May 27, but Requinton was not yet active in their first meeting.
“We will study their game. We will not allow them to claim only gold. We will play better and fight the preparations we went through, “added Boytrago.
The two teams last met on the league’s biggest stage in 2017, when the Tiger duo of Bulldogs, KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto, led by Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad, topped for their fourth crown.
The Green Spykers and the Fighting Maroons will fight for third place before the final.
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